[AP-tan-aes or Ap-tan-AHS-ae]
Eastern pantheon — the founder of civilization
Aptanace the Sage is the child of Allgiver and Wild Man. His fourteen hundred children began all the classes and occupations of humanity. His seven hundred sons invented the seven hundred Divine Arts of culture, and his seven hundred daughters espoused their brothers and applied the Arts to real life.
He is portrayed as a tall, straight-backed old oriental man, bearded and bald, leaning on a staff and holding an armful of scrolls. A Golden-back spider spins its unique web between his staff and the ground and a benevolent white cloud floats over his shoulder. A tiny man and woman each hold up one end of his simple robe.